10 Events

Map of the Earth that shows both Africa and the Arctic

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Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Africa + the Arctic: From the Margins to the Center

Tue., Apr. 16, 2024 | 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

What do Africa and the Arctic have in common? Join the Belfer Center’s Africa Futures Project and the Arctic Initiative for an interactive discussion and community networking event that will explore parallels between these seemingly disparate regions.

Drs. Zoe Marks and Jennifer Spence will provide an overview of shared dynamics in both regions, including great power competition, extractive industries, and the energy transition. The remarks will lay the foundation for small group discussion on other misconceptions, commonalities, and cautionary tales. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with Harvard's Africa and Arctic networks and insights generated from their discussions that will inform topics for future Africa + Arctic dialogues.

Refreshments will be served. 

Dr. Zoe Marks is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Chair of the Africa Futures Project.

Dr. Jennifer Spence is the Project Director of the Arctic Initiative

Judd Devermont and the Africa Futures Project Team

Belfer Center

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Implementing a New U.S. Strategy for Africa: Assessing Progress, Challenges, and Priorities

Thu., Apr. 11, 2024 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

Following the announcement of a new US Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second US-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of the Africa in Focus discussion series is to take stock of US-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the US strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of US engagement on the continent.

A North Korean diplomat wearing the double portrait lapel pin.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Negotiating with North Korea: Negotiators’ Genesis Story

Mon., Dec. 11, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Only a small handful of people in the world have sat at the negotiating table with the North Koreans and extensively interacted with them. Yet, this knowledge is fragmented and has not been collected or analyzed in a systematic manner. We’ll be previewing our upcoming “Negotiating with North Korea: Negotiators’ Genesis Story” study at this event.

The Belfer Center acknowledges the generous support of the Charles Koch Foundation for this project examining senior negotiators’ main lessons learned in negotiating with North Korea.

RSVPs for this event have CLOSED.

Rama Yade & African Futures Project Team

Belfer Center

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Shifting Landscape: Reflections on Africa's Youth Potential and Engagement with the U.S. and France

Tue., Nov. 28, 2023 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 401

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for its Fall 2023 discussion series—Africa in Focus: Reframing U.S.-Africa Policy.

Following the announcement of a new U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of this discussion series is to take stock of U.S.-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the U.S. strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of U.S. engagement on the continent.

Chidi Blyden & The African Futures Project Team

Belfer Center

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Security, Stability, and Economic Growth: A Holistic US Approach to Africa

Fri., Nov. 17, 2023 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for its Fall 2023 discussion series -- Africa in Focus: Reframing U.S.-Africa Policy.

Following the announcement of a new US Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second US-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of this discussion series is to take stock of US-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the US strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of US engagement on the continent.

Édouard Philippe

Édouard Philippe

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

France’s Global Role in a Changing World Order

Wed., Apr. 19, 2023 | 11:30am - 12:45pm

Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

Please join the Harvard Kennedy School Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a seminar with Édouard Philippe, former Prime Minister of France, to discuss France's role in the world and Europe's current security landscape. France still aims to recover its « grandeur », regularly examining its role and influence. It's looking to find its place within the EU and questions the EU's ability to be a real power on the international scene. How can France and the EU defend their role in a broken and imbalanced world divided into spheres of influence? From China to Turkey, authoritarian regimes have grown, asserting their way to build stability and sometimes to achieve prosperity, threatening multilateralism. How can transatlantic relationship remain a strong pillar of global security? 

This conversation will be co-moderated by Natalie Colbert, Executive Director of the Belfer Center, and Svenja Kirsch, Fellow with the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.

Please note: In person registration is now at capacity. Virtual registration is still open.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Green Growth: Climate Finance for African States

Wed., Feb. 1, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2023, Africa in Focus: African Agency in International Climate Policy and Energy Geopolitics. This series centers African voices in discussing the causes, consequences, and policy solutions for global climate change. 

This event will examine the challenges and opportunities for African states, and the continent at large, in securing and deploying finance to tackle climate change.

Registration:

This event is virtual and open to the public. RSVP is required. 

Speakers:

Chavi Meattle, Senior Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative

Muthoni Nduhiu, Climate Finance Specialist (East Africa), African Development Bank 

Daouda Sembene, CEO Africatalyst; fmr.  Director, IMF Executive Board

Moderator:

Natalie Colbert, Executive Director, Belfer Center 

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A recording of the session is available here

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Africa in Focus: African Governments Navigating U.S. and China Relations

Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Online

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2022 to examine the factors driving recent political transitions as well as geostrategic relations in Africa. This third and final session will delve into the nexus of political, security, and economic interests between African governments, China, and the United States, as well as how external actors are reacting to African governments’ evolving foreign policies and priorities.

We will be joined by the following panelists:

  • Dr. Folashadé Soulé, Senior Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance programme (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford)  
  • Dr. Shirley Yu, Senior Practitioner Fellow with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Harvard Kennedy School) and Director of the China-Africa Initiative (Firoz Lalji Institute, London School of Economics) 
  • Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies (Council on Foreign Relations) and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 2005-2009
  • Natalie Colbert (Moderator), Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Harvard Kennedy School) 

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Past, Present, and Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the American Intelligence Community

Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

Please join the Intelligence Project for a discussion on the history of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the U.S. intelligence community (IC). This session will discuss the findings of a forthcoming paper on the history of publicly known IC initiatives, studies, and policies alongside observations from current and former intelligence officials, academics, and senior military officers. In over seven decades of study after study, the U.S. Intelligence Community has identified a lack of diversity in the workforce as a problem. Beginning with a 1953 CIA report on women in the Agency, tellingly titled “The Petticoat Panel,” agencies have documented a lack of presence and opportunity for women, minorities, and other groups including people with disabilities. The paper reviews efforts of what has been done, what has succeeded, and what has failed. Together we will unpack why progress has been slow and underscore lessons from the past that can inform future approaches to reinforce America’s intelligence posture and meet challenging requirements.

The session will feature a discussion with Intelligence Project Fellow Jeff Fields from the FBI, and with experienced former intelligence officials Natalie Colbert, Belfer Center Executive Director; Kristin Wood, Intelligence Project Fellow, and Lori Roule, senior executive at Transparent Language.
It will be moderated by the report's authors: Dr. Michael Miner, Associate Fellow with the Intelligence Project, and Lindsay Temes, former military officer with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

This virtual event is open to the public and registration is required.

Conference - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Analytic Objectivity and Avoiding Politicization in Intelligence: Perspectives from the U.S., Five Eyes, and the Private Sector

Fri., Mar. 25, 2022 | 8:00am - 4:30pm

Online

How should intelligence communities maintain their analytic objectivity within societies that are increasingly politically polarized? What role can academia and the private sector play in developing and sharing best practices? What strategies can intelligence agencies adopt to ensure objectivity for an uncertain future?

Analytic Objectivity and Avoiding Politicization in Intelligence: Perspectives from the U.S., Five Eyes, and the Private Sector is a one-day virtual conference hosted by the Intelligence Project. Experts will discuss how the U.S. and Five Eyes intelligence communities can work with and learn from academia and business to safeguard the objectivity of intelligence products and ensure quality and accountability.
 
Participation is for the Harvard community and by invitation. The conference will take place on Microsoft Teams and registration is required. Please register at http://evite.me/r8zhKdNH7H. For more details, contact Recanati-Kaplan Fellow Barry Zulauf at barryzulauf@hks.harvard.edu.